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The Death and Life of John F. Donovan (2019)

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Critic Consensus: The Death and Life of John F. Donovan finds writer-director Xavier Dolan flailing at profundity with a technically assured drama that never makes sense of its own ideas.

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A decade after the death of an American TV star, a young actor reminisces about the written correspondence he once shared with the former, as well as the impact those letters had on both their lives.

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Kit Harington
as John F. Donovan
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All Critics (28) | Top Critics (8)

From its contrived structure to its forced speechifying, this story... never acquires the emotional potency or coherence its themes demand.

December 12, 2019 | Full Review…

In any case, what remains of John F. Donovan is a barely coherent mess, and so eager for your approval that it's hard to feel anything but sorry for it.

December 11, 2019 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

A work of stunning technique eclipsed by its increasingly jaw-dropping solipsism...

September 13, 2018 | Full Review…

A spectacular mash of half-baked ideas... Well, that, and a movie that just got lost somewhere in the editing room.

September 12, 2018 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
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[Dolan's] film falls victim to his worst tendencies.

September 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Dolan's English-language debut whinges about personal neuroses rather than probing homophobia or celebrity.

September 11, 2018 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

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